Posted 20 November 2011 - 05:57 PM
Do your kids have e readers or iPods? I am thinking my kids are too young. I would love for them to have something for music and audiobooks but not sure what to do. I did purchase them some little cheap mp3 players and I can't even download audiobooks to it from audible.com. They do like them for the music. But, they are super cheap. I am willing to replace them but with what??
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:02 PM
However, I would consider a dedicated MP3 player like a Sansa or regular iPod. I would also consider a Kindle Touch. The regular Kindle has a web browser, but it's not one I can see someone using apart from necessity. Pretty clunky, something I consider a feature not a bug.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:03 PM
My Christmas present will be to get dd9 her own tablet-- the Kindle Fire seems to have what dd uses my I-pad for and I like the price (compared to another I-pad.
DD has never openly 'roamed' the internet. She is good about checking with DH or me (or her college-aged sisters) before she goes to a new site or watches a YouTube video.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:09 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:10 PM
I would buy him an e-reader (and might for his 10th birthday).
So I guess the answer is yes I would.
The laptop is only allowed to be used in the living room or if we are in the same room with him (never alone in his bedroom or after we have gone to bed).
With the e-reader you can just simply not set it up to connect via WiFi (just via a cable connected directly to the computer when you want to download stuff).
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:17 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:24 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:24 PM
My 9 y.o. has an ipod touch, and my little boys regularly use it as well as our Nook Color and ipad. They all are very specific about what they want to play/read and don't try and go on the internet~doing that would interfere with the time they are allotted, so they wouldn't waste the time.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 06:37 PM
My 3 years using it a lot playing the app. I think it is much cheaper compare to leapster those type thing if you consider the game costs.
For my 7 years old. I also feel the apps he play are a lot cheaper than DSi. so I will say yes to ipod
Posted 20 November 2011 - 07:04 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 07:15 PM
Yes, we would, since we did. We bought our 7 and 9 yos iPads for Christmas.
Would you buy a tablet or iPod touch for a 7 and 10 year olds?
iPads and iPod Touch have parental controls. For instance, you can turn off the web browser and the ability to use apps beyond certain age ratings and you can prevent any purchases. With a Kindle Fire, you have no parental controls that I can find.
Both of my children are asking for tablets from Santa. What??? Or if not a tablet, at least an iPod Touch. My 10 year old in particular would like a Kindle Fire or Nook. I am not sure this is a good idea. What about Internet safety? Do these things have any type of parental controls?
Posted 20 November 2011 - 07:21 PM
I ordered the Kindle Fire for my kids, but after reading reviews and chatting with the Amazon people I returned them. They have very littlemin the way of parental controls.
My kids will be getting iPod touches instead. They are very much like iPads, and I can turn off youtube, the internet, app purchasing, and basically make it self contained. The system controls are password protected, so as long as they do not have the password, they cannot get into trouble. The touch only has wifi too with no option to get 3G, and I like that. Our wifi is off most of the time, so even with a password it would be hard to get online. My kids are 6-11.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:20 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:08 PM
We are having more than enough screen time already. My kids go on Starfall.com and watch a cartoon movie daily. That is about 2 hours a day of screen time. That's 14 hours a week. That is an entire day a week!
Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:11 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 09:21 PM
I'm on a tear tonight.
So I am telling you not what I would do, but what I wish I would have done. :0/
Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:11 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:26 PM
Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:35 PM
I know we, as a society, are excited about screens, but I hope this is just a faze and we tone it down in the future. I can't go in a waiting room, lobby or restaurant without watching TV, now. They even have them in some stores at the check out lines. Whether it is news, or a movie, it is often not appropriate for little kids and I don't like my little ones watching it. Notice how many people watch it. Most do. The ones that don't are probably playing on their cell phones.
My daughter is in an after-school program to learn to dance. I enrolled her for the dance instruction, and also hoping she would socialize with the other kids. When the kids wait for class they have a PG-13 movie playing for them and my daughter told me a 5 year old has a fancier cell phone than I do. What in the world?
So, no. No screens to add on top of all the other screens.
My kids can't have cell phones, video game systems, lap tops, nor any similar things. We all share the desk top. Maybe I will allow an e-reader for reading classic books, but only if it can't be used to surf the net.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:45 PM